- : Always wear protective clothing, including a helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads, kneepads, and appropriate footwear. Skateboarding is not recommended for children under the age of six, and children between the ages of six and 10 should be allowed to ride only with adult supervision.
- Step 1: Ride up the ramp Ride your skateboard up to the top edge of the ramp, known as the coping. Use just enough speed to get to the top.
- TIP: Too much speed can cause you to overshoot the coping and land on the deck.
- Step 2: Do a kick turn Do a partial kick turn onto the coping by turning your shoulders parallel to the coping, planting the rear wheels, and balancing on them while quickly swinging the front of your board around until it's parallel with the ramp.
- TIP: Make sure your trucks are firmly planted on the coping.
- Step 3: Balance Balance -- or stall -- in this position for a few moments, leaning on your heels. Don't grind, or scrape the axles, across the surface.
- Step 4: Kick turn and go Lead with your shoulder, and do another partial kick turn back down the ramp when you have held the stall long enough to roll back down.
- FACT: World championship skateboarder Tony Hawk was sponsored by Dogtown skateboards at age 12 and became a professional at age 14.
You Will Need
- Protective gear
- A skateboard
- Mastery of basic skateboarding skills
- Ramp-riding familiarity
- Ability to kick turn
- The quarter-pipe of a mini-ramp